Oro to upgrade its technological system

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Sunday, July 27, 2014


TO ENSURE faster and more efficient delivery of services, the City Government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a local university on Saturday that will upgrade the city’s technological system.

“There is a need for the upgrading of the approaches, the technology, among others to better the delivery of services to the city. It is not okay that we stick to our old system anymore, as times are changing, we also have the need to adapt and I am happy that Xavier University (XU) will help us on this,” Mayor Oscar Moreno said.

The project is spearheaded by XU through the Collaborative Service Learning Program of the university’s Kristohanong Katilingban sa Pagpakabana –Social Involvement Office (KKP-SIO) in coordination with the XU College of Computer Studies, School of Business and Management Accountancy, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Agricultural Development Community, and the College of Information Technology which is tasked to create technical aspect of the system.

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A software on the database management will be developed by students of XU, the beneficiaries of which are the City Economic and Enterprise Department (CEED), the City Development and Planning Office (CPDO), and the Information and Communication Technology Office (ICTO).

To keep records through the use of the new technology which is less dependent on hard copy and more on storage of “soft copy” files, XU will create the Documents Tracking System (DTS).

THE DTS will ensure that documents will be preserved with integrity and that can improve efficiency in the delivery of public service by expediting government transactions, the MOU stated.

“To establish good governance that will anchor on transparency, accountability and public trust, this project is the answer,” Moreno said.

With the campaign, the City Information Office (CIO) is undertaking at present “Connecting Government and the People in collaboration with the Youth through Communications,” a radio and television airtime will be established to utilize for development communications, and this will assist students in training them to become better communicators.

This is an avenue for the students who want to publish their write-ups in the city’s publications.

Also to be launched is a GIS Mapping and Community Profiling (GIS-MCP) at Sitio Talungan for the CPDO-EMD where the sitio’s 40 families, who are Typhoon Sendong victims, reside.

Unlike the three programs where undergraduate XU students of XU will help create, the GIS-MCP will be however manned by the Masters of Information students of the university.

KKP director Nestor Banuag said the projects can definitely take the city to a higher level in terms of its system and its management to be competitive with the other cities in the country.

“I see a great future of the city with the four projects. Development after all is within its reach if we know how to utilize it,” Banuag said. All projects are free of cost.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 28, 2014.

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